Friday, January 18, 2008

More about letters to the editor

This isn't news; this is a blog-rant.

Each day, 365 times a year, The Star prints a letters-to-the-editor policy box on our editorial page. It clearly states that letters should be short -- about 200 words -- and that letter writers should limit their submissions to one every 30 days. That same policy is on our Web site.

We have several letter writers who write one every 30 minutes -- or so it seems. So much for instructions.

It got so bad this week that I had Sue Magouirk, our senior newsroom clerk, call one writer and ask him which of the three -- count 'em, three! -- letters he had submitted he wanted us to consider.

This rant is old news among veteran ed-page people, but I had to get it off my chest nonetheless.

In truth, we love the letters we receive. Often they're some of the best items in the day's paper.